Spine Center of Excellence

Spine Centers of Excellence


Optim Medical Center-Tattnall and Optim Surgery Center along with the orthopedic spine and neurosurgery doctors who work here, are proud to consistently receive national recognition for our superior orthopedic and spine outcomes. We’re equally as proud of the team of dedicated women and men who help us achieve those awards and celebrate the efforts of each and every employee that plays an important role in making our hospital, surgery center, and our healthcare exceptional.

The bottom line is, quality matters and we remain committed to providing consistent, high-quality, compassionate care, and positively touching the lives of every single person we serve. For patients, our awards mean – you will receive exceptional care in a safe, beautiful facility, by top doctors with a dedicated team of experts all with one goal in mind – compassionately caring for you and getting you back to the things you love!

Our doctors treat spine conditions with precision – from minimally invasive procedures to the most complex spine care available for patients with scoliosis or significant spinal trauma. Both our orthopedic spine doctors and neurosurgeons take a conservative approach to back and neck pain and we work as a collaborative team with our interventional pain management physicians and physical therapists to help patients get back to living a pain-free life. When conservative approaches are not enough, you can trust Optim Medical Center-Tattnall and Optim Surgery Center to provide the most advanced and innovative spine care available today.

Don’t Live with Back or Neck Pain

Many conditions can cause back or neck pain, leg pain, numbness and weakness. Bone spurs, bulging discs, herniated discs, facet joint arthritis, sciatica, scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, and spinal stenosis are some of the common conditions we see. Fortunately, we offer the most comprehensive care for the spine and our teams specialize in minimally invasive spine procedures that offer smaller incisions, less blood loss and less damage to surrounding structures – all which can lead to a quicker recovery. Some of the common procedures performed by our doctors include:

  • Fusions – both neck and back fusions are available for patients who have a herniated or bulging disks, or degenerative spine conditions that create pain, numbness and tingling by pressing on nerves and irritating the surrounding structures muscles and ligaments. In this procedure we are able to fuse two vertebrae together to stop the movement that leads to pain in a specific area of the back.
  • Lumbar laminectomies are one of the most common back surgeries and often performed for age related changes in the back, such as spinal stenosis. This procedure is also known as decompression surgery as it enlarges the space in the spinal canal to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Minimally invasive spine procedures such as a micro-discectomy use minimally invasive techniques to provide relief from pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc.
  • Endoscopic spine surgery is extremely minimally invasive with incisions often less than 1 cm. This means minimal damage to skin, muscle, ligaments and bone. It is an innovative surgery that uses a small tubular system or micro incisions, assisted with an endoscope for visualization.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation, or RFA, is one of the newest pain control techniques. It is a simple and unique spinal procedure that can alleviate the pain of degenerative spine conditions in as little as 15 minutes. For many, this surgical procedure offers relief from chronic back pain and muscle spasms and can provide relief for patients who suffer from joint pain in the spine. By effectively treating pain at the facet joint it can provide a solution to people who suffer from arthritis in the facet joints in the back.
  • Endoscopic Rhizotomy. This simple 30-minute outpatient procedure is effective in about 80 percent of patients, can relieve pain for up to 4 years and can be repeated. Similar to RFA, Endoscopic Rhizotomy surgery also involves relieving back pain due to arthritis and has proven successful for patients that have been told they need an invasive fusion surgery.
  • We also offer spinal stimulators, which are often used for chronic back pain, usually when other methods of treatment have not been successful. The simulator is a device that is surgically placed under your skin and sends a mild electric current to your spinal cord. It works by masking pain signals before they reach the brain.